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Discipleship

The best way to deepen our discipleship is to meet regularly with other Christians.  Please see our service times on Sunday, where we worship God, hear the bible read and, through the talk, hear how it is relevant to our lives.

On this page, there is more information about discipleship, including info on homegroups and web-resources.

Homegroups

Our Homegroups have 2 main aims: 1) To explore the bible together and grow in our Christian faith; 2) To be part of the lives of other people from the Church.  Homegroups fit into our parish priorities of deeper discipleship and caring for each other.

We want to explore the bible because we believe it is “God-breathed” and that through it, by God’s Spirit, God speaks to us today.  It is relevant to us because we learn about who He is, His plan of salvation, what He desires for our lives, and how we should be.  We study it together, because God works and speaks through us too.

Homegroups enable us to have closer relationships with others from the Church.  Often we do not get the opportunity on a Sunday after the service to get to know each other well, or to really care about what’s going on in each other’s lives.  So homegroups allow time for talking and even praying for each other (although there will also be a separate monthly prayer meeting)

If you are interested in being part of a homegroup, please speak with the vicar.

We try to vary how we read the bible together in homegroups.  Sometimes we work through a book of the bible together.  Sometimes we use a course  (so for example we have used J John's Just 10, and the recent Pilgrim course of the Church of England).

We try and link homegroups in with the Modern Evening Service talks, to enable deeper reflection.  The venture we are now in, is The Community Bible Reading Experience - if you want to know more about this, please click here.  If you want to know what you have to read by when, please click here.

Online resources

I've copied a leaflet I produced for bible notes.  Click here to see what's available.  In addition, there are a number of online resources (if any of the links no longer work, please let us know Contact Us) -
 
1) If you have recently become a Christian, http://www.nowachristian.org/ from the Church Army is a resource where you get a a free email every day for five weeks that will help you to make your own decisions about the difference that having a Christian faith will make to your life.

2) Scripture Union produce great daily bible reading guides, where you can read a little bit of the bible each day and have a short explanation or help in application.  They now have a free online version at their Wordlive site - see http://www.wordlive.org/Home/145653.id
3) The reJesus website (http://www.rejesus.co.uk/) has different modules that can be explored in relation to the Christ we follow.  Content is divided into 4 sections: story, lives, spirituality and creativity.

4) There are various Christian bookshops online.  One that we use is http://www.eden.co.uk/ where you can buy bibles, cds, and all sorts of resources.  There are loads of possibilities, so if you need some pointers, just ask the vicar.

5) You can Morning, Evening and Night Prayer from the Church of England - see the link on the Right Hand Side of this page.

6) Find the bible verse you want at http://bible.oremus.org/ or http://www.biblegateway.com/

7) If you are struggling to find the words to pray, http://www.justpray.uk/ might belp - you find a prayer you want to pray, click on it and it goes - then click on another prayer you want to pray...

Prayer

We believe prayer is vital: our lifeline in communication with our Lord.  Private prayer is so important, and so is corporate prayer.  We have various opportunities to pray with each other:
  • We have prayer every weekday morning in Church and you are welcome to join us.  See Service times for details. 
  • We also have a monthly prayer meeting on the first Thursday of the month, for an hour, at 1pm.  Contact Matthew for details for this.
  • We can ask for prayer at homegroups or after church services.
  • The churches are open for private prayers at certain times - ask us for more details.

If you would like to join in with thousands, saying Daily Prayer, you can find the words on the Church of England website, or even download an app for your phone or tablet.  For more details, click here

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